Nothing creates a happy festive mood as cold sparkling champagne spilled on a thin, elegant glass. Sparkling wine has been gaining popularity in the Middle Ages, and today in many supermarkets and wine boutiques, we can, perhaps, even get lost among a wide range of sparkling wines from various regions of the world.
Experts told how not to be mistaken with the selection and find exactly the champagne, which will create a very warm Christmas atmosphere and will not bring the morning severe headache.
For a start - a little simple theory.
Champagne (vin de Champagne) proudly referred to as the only wine that was made by traditional technologies in the Champagne region. The most famous wine houses in the region - "Moet and Chandon" (Mo & euml; t & Chandon) and, of course, the legendary brand "Veuve Clicquot" (Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin).
All other sparkling wines do not fall under the category of "champagne", but often they are not inferior to the French original quality or taste. Among the best representatives - Wine other French regions under the name "Cremant" (Cr & eacute; mant), Italian "Spumante" (Spumante) and "Asti" (Asti), German "Zekt" (Sekt) and Catalan wine "Cava" (Cava) .
Read the label and pay attention: Some manufacturers produce the ridiculous price even special sparkling wine (sometimes referred to as carbonated), which is simply an artificially saturated with carbon dioxide. Typically, this Lightly alcoholic beverages, which can hardly be called a full-fledged sparkling wine.
Reading champagne labels, by and large, are not different from reading wine labels. At the champagne label should contain:
- The name of the manufacturer;
- The name of the wine;
- Appellation - Quality classification and place of origin;
- The alcohol content;
- The category of wines by the sugar content.
On the back label you will find information about the individual qualities of champagne or sparkling wine - its taste and combined with a variety of dishes.
If you decide to buy real champagne, do not hesitate to ask for help from a consultant in a special wine shop - it will help you navigate.
By choosing a good sparkling wine, check whether there is an indication on its label that it is made the traditional method (m & eacute; thode classique) - this will give you a guarantee impeccable quality of the drink.
Sparkling wine average price category, as a rule, are made easier, reservoir method: this is an extremely popular Italian "Asti" (Asti), "Prosecco" (Prosecco) and "Lambrusco" (Lambrusco).
The well-known wine expert Oz Clarke recommends first and foremost pay attention to the manufacturer.
Bad manufacturer may follow all the rules and make bad wine; good manufacturer produces a decent wine in almost any circumstances.
Dry or sweet?
The most popular and traditional sparkling wine - is, of course, Brut (brut). This dry, light, but at the same time, a saturated sparkling wine suitable for most foods.
Wine Experts advise to choose exactly brut, because this category of wines best conveys the whole taste bouquet and champagne sweetened, often quite nevyrzaitelno.
But not a single Brut. If you prefer something a little more sweet, note the following categories:
- Doux (sweet);
- Demi-sec (sweet);
- Sec (semi-dry);
- Extra sec (extra-moist).
They differ among themselves in sugar and, consequently, the calorie. But despite what you prefer champagne, wine experts identify common features required of both sweet and dry sparkling wines are good.
Good champagne has a nutty, bready flavor, apple freshness and very fine bubbles. Do not buy the cheapest champagne - as a rule, it is a little too sour to drink it, not to mention the pleasure.
White or pink?
Champagne is white or pink: the choice of one or the other depends not only on your personal preferences, but also from the meals that you are going to apply for a festive table.
All dry sparkling wine, pink or white, is quite versatile: they are well combined seafood, cheeses, poultry dishes and fruit.
The best combination for white brut - red caviar. This is the same classic, like pineapple. Fish, nuts, cheese plate - all are excellent companions for white sparkling wines. But pink champagne Recommended to duck and fruit or berry desserts (especially strawberries), but best of all, it will look as an aperitif.
Meat dishes, perhaps the only exception that should not be combined with light wines (champagne and falls into this category). But if the soul asks, and meat, and champagne, try the Australian sparkling red wine or champagne legendary red "Lambrusco". Juicy, rich flavor of the champagne sure to surprise you, and certainly will be remembered for its unique velvety richness combined with soft bubbles.
Sparkling wines are very fond of the cold - this is the case, when the drink strengthens its refreshing qualities, being chilled. White and rose sparkling wines, irrespective of their category, are encouraged to apply, cooled to a temperature of 6-8 degrees, but absolutely dry champagne requires a lower degree - 4-6 degrees.
By the way, the better you cool champagne, the easier it will be to open it by all the rules. So it opens quietly and gently, not showering you with foam, and the tube will not fly away in an unknown direction, and easily come out of the bottle itself.
Not only is the temperature value. Moody drink and still requires special glasses: tall, narrow, of very thin glass. It is in their best champagne will retain its bubbles and its effervescence.
When it's time to pour the champagne, do it slowly, a little bent glass and directing the drink as if along the walls of glass - so the wine does not give abundant foam.
Share New Year's Eve with the most expensive people choose the best sparkling wine for the holiday, and most importantly, smile and have fun - you drink champagne!